Washington health plan for poor to raise rates - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington health plan for poor to raise rates

OLYMPIA, Wash. - People covered by Washington state's Basic Health Plan will pay more out of pocket, to make up for a budget cut by the state Legislature.

Raising the prices means the state will not have to kick thousands of people off the subsidized health insurance plan.

The Legislature cut Basic Health spending by more than 40 percent this year, saving about $250 million. It was a major part of solving a $9 billion budget deficit.

State officials warned they might have to boot 40,000 people from the plan to save the money, instead, average monthly rates will increase by about $25. The yearly deductible will also increase, from $150 to $250.

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